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Green Christmas

Each person in the U.S. makes about 4 pounds of garbage per day! And that number increases at Christmas when we eat and drink more and spend more money on cards and gifts! Here’s some tips on lowering your impact on the environment without missing out on any of the holiday cheer!

Green Gifts

  • Buy presents that will last – flimsy gifts that break after a week will end up in a landfill.
  • Give gifts that use rechargeable batteries.
  • Buy gifts that are made from recycled materials.
  • Wrap your gifts in recycled and recyclable wrapping paper or use newspaper – or nothing at all!
  • Gift cards make for environmentally friendly gifts.

 


Green Decor

  • Check to see if your city or town has a program that lets you recycle your tree after Christmas.
  • Or, buy a tree with roots that you can plant in your yard after Christmas.
  • A fake tree may or may not be a better alternative to a real, cut Christmas tree – check the label to make sure it’s not made with any chemicals or in poor labor conditions, and that it will actually last you for years and years.
  • Buy decorations that will last for years as well.
  • Make your own decorations for the tree out of scrap materials or even edible goodies!

 


Green Treats

  • Avoid buying food and drinks that are wrapped in excess packaging.
  • Buy bulk.
  • Get reusable cloth bags to take to the store with you.

 


Green Travel

  • If you’re traveling home (or away) for the holidays, organize a car pool if possible to reduce the number of cars on the road.

 


Green Cards

  • Send fewer Christmas cards out this year to reduce the amount of paper cards being made and to reduce the amount of transport required to get all those mailed cards to the right places.
  • Of course, we’re lucky to have the option of e-mailing cards out to save waste!
  • If you do like giving out paper cards, make sure the ones you buy are made of recycled material.
  • Make your own cards from recycled materials!
  • Save the nicer cards you get (and recycle the ugly ones, of course) to use for making your own cards next year!

Have Your Say

How are you eco-friendly during the holidays? Let us know!

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"Unrung" wrote:I'm saying your idea isn't practical. You can make a case that only under the dictatorship of a benevolent leader can society function optimally but I see little reason to believe that this is possible long-term. There are plenty of history books for this. I have said nothing about a benevolent dictatorship working long-term, only that it would be the most effective solution to bringing order to a "chaotic country". It's not necessarily the case that dictatorships cannot shift into other political systems, or that an autocracy cannot shift into something like a constitutional monarchy.
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"AlphaT" wrote:But that very rarely happens lol what "AlphaT" wrote:Historically, dictatorships fell when the same standard that made the dictator so powerful could not be maintained by his successors. I am not talking about dictatorships, I am talking about single dictators that, if found to be bad, can be deposed by assassination (or otherwise ousting them), and that dealing with this one single individual is much easier than dealing with the majority of a population if they are tyrannical. 
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Unrung
Unrung posted in Debating:
"Myshkin" wrote: "Unrung" wrote: This makes sense in theory, but historically, most dictators have been far from benevolent. I don't see the relevance. I'm saying your idea isn't practical. You can make a case that only under the dictatorship of a benevolent leader can society function optimally, but I see little reason to believe that this is possible long-term.
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Chocolate ftw. It's perf
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